There are around two million people currently employed within the construction industry, which has long been considered one of the most dangerous industries in the world. According to statistics from health and safety body the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), workplace health and safety within the industry has dramatically improved in the past twenty years. However, the large number of hazards and dangers within the sector make it impossible for even the strictest of guidelines to completely remove the chances of a serious accident taking place.
Dangers of Construction
Those working within the construction industry are often aware of the number of dangers and hazards that dictate their work each and every day. However, it is the employers’ responsibility to ensure that these dangers do not result in injuries for their workers. This is also the case for any visitors to the site or any members of the public who find themselves walking on or around the site during the construction process.
The construction industry is responsible for a relatively low 5 per cent of the workplace injuries that take place in the UK each year, but it also accounts for 22 per cent of all fatal injuries, making it one of the most dangerous industries in which to work. In fact, it regularly has the highest number of workplace deaths in annual reports. However, HSE’s chief inspector of construction Philip White has stated that many of the accidents that lead to serious injuries or death within the construction industry are completely preventable.
Type of Construction Accident Claim
As with all industries, there are a variety of accidents that can take place within construction, and each of these can lead to serious or even fatal injuries of not prevented by employers. Some of the most common injuries include:
Injuries caused by falls from heights
Injuries caused by falling objects
Forklift truck injuries
Heavy lifting injuries
Slips, trips or falls
Injuries caused by heavy machinery
Claiming Construction Compensation
If you have been injured while working on a construction site then you may be entitled to claim compensation from your employer. This is often the case for both employed and self-employed workers, who should be provided with the same levels of health and safety as their employed counterparts. No matter what your role on the site, your employer should ensure your safety at all times, so even job specific injuries can be claimed for in many circumstances. This can include injuries related to scaffolding, electricians, carpenters, crane drivers, labourers, forklift truck drivers or even engineers.
No matter what the level of injury, professional compensation lawyers are likely to be able to help you make a claim and receive the financial help to which you are entitled. From minor injuries to long term or even fatal accidents, expert personal injury solicitors have the knowledge to pursue the right amount of compensation, often on a no win, no fee basis.